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24th Jun '16 6:05:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).

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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).



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24th Jun '16 1:25:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''PiratesOfDarkWater'', the crew got their hands on the first two of the thirteen treasures of rule in the five episode mini-series, five more in the next eight episode 1st season, before taking the entirety of the second season to get their hands on one more. Then came cancellation with only 8/13 found [[note]]and enough filler episodes that could have been used instead to finish the story[[/note]].

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* In ''PiratesOfDarkWater'', ''WesternAnimation/PiratesOfDarkWater'', the crew got their hands on the first two of the thirteen treasures of rule in the five episode mini-series, five more in the next eight episode 1st season, before taking the entirety of the second season to get their hands on one more. Then came cancellation with only 8/13 found [[note]]and enough filler episodes that could have been used instead to finish the story[[/note]].
20th Mar '16 6:15:26 AM tropower
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* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but with both the anime and the manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, the second half seems to be much longer than the first.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but with both the anime and the manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, the second half seems to be much longer than the first. It doesn't help that the Dressrosa arc is (as of this writing) is both the manga and anime's longest story arc, having gone on for at least two years.
25th Aug '15 7:08:28 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' follows this trope exactly. The first one-third to half is pretty interesting, and then the ArcFatigue kicks in and [[ChrisCarterEffect things go unresolved for a long while]], after which they're [[CosmicDeadline tied up in a hurry in the finale]]. Unfortunately, this happens to be a SignatureStyle of the main writer, Creator/ToshikiInoue. A similar condition returns in ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'', also by Inoue, only with less favorable results.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' follows this trope exactly. The first one-third to half is pretty interesting, and then the ArcFatigue kicks in and [[ChrisCarterEffect [[TheChrisCarterEffect things go unresolved for a long while]], after which they're [[CosmicDeadline tied up in a hurry in the finale]]. Unfortunately, this happens to be a SignatureStyle of the main writer, Creator/ToshikiInoue. A similar condition returns in ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'', also by Inoue, only with less favorable results.
10th Jun '15 12:12:05 AM Scabbard
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* The first half of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' builds up the entire setting, has all the major conflicts, sets up the BigBad, and (except for a couple of stragglers) introduces all the party members and characters. The entire second-half of the game is a fetch-quest to recover your party (And it's ''optional''), and the final dungeon.

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* The first half of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' builds up the entire setting, has all the major conflicts, sets up the BigBad, and (except for a couple of stragglers) introduces all the party members and characters. The entire second-half of the game is a fetch-quest to recover your party (And (and it's ''optional''), and the final dungeon.
9th Jun '15 7:17:43 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line, and the Grand Line is now split up with the New World as a second goal that they must reach before they can actually get to the One Piece.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Going through East Blue to get to the Grand Line took 62 episodes. They are past 500 episodes and are still in the Grand Line, Line. Creator/EiichiroOda supposedly said the series was halfway through at or before the Marineford War, but with both the anime and the Grand Line is now split up manga slowing in pacing, with many dangling plot threads, the New World as a second goal that they must reach before they can actually get half seems to be much longer than the One Piece.first.
16th May '15 4:34:16 PM Kid
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Averted. The two main plots are A. the TitleCharacter's plan to advance up the ninja ladder and ultimately [[ToBeAMaster reach the highest ranking possible]]; and B. The BigBad's master plan to collect 9 [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils in a Can]] and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. These two plots- and the genre- obviously and readily lend themselves to this sort of plot progression, but [[spoiler:A. For nearly all of the manga Naruto never gets to advance past even the most basic ranking, getting closer to his goal by other means; and B. The BigBad collects the first on screen, then 6 of the remaining 8 Sealed Evils off-panel and without much fanfare, and his desire to get his hands on the last two pretty much sits there in the background without dictating the plot pace at all until he finds a way to complete his plans, again, by other means]]. Then Naruto sets a main goal for 300+ episodes to bring back Sasuke, which happens to be the plot with the least advancement of any of them and [[spoiler:is effectively resolved by somebody else with almost no input from Naruto at all.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Averted. The two main plots are A. the TitleCharacter's plan to advance up the ninja ladder and ultimately [[ToBeAMaster reach the highest ranking possible]]; and B. The BigBad's master plan to collect 9 [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils in a Can]] and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. These two plots- plots -- and the genre- genre -- obviously and readily lend themselves to this sort of plot progression, but [[spoiler:A. For nearly all of the manga Naruto never gets to advance past even the most basic ranking, getting closer to his goal by other means; and B. The BigBad collects the first on screen, then 6 of the remaining 8 Sealed Evils off-panel and without much fanfare, and his desire to get his hands on the last two pretty much sits there in the background without dictating the plot pace at all until he finds a way to complete his plans, again, by other means]]. Then Naruto sets a main goal for 300+ episodes to bring back Sasuke, which happens to be the plot with the least advancement of any of them and [[spoiler:is effectively resolved by somebody else with almost no input from Naruto at all.]]
14th May '15 9:35:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2 does this. On one planet, you're trying to deal with the local mob. When you return to your ship, you're asked to meet the local boss of the mob. On your way, you get accosted by a woman who drugs you, takes your place then she gets captures so you have to rescue her, then you get captured so your party has to rescue you, but first they have to gather the items you need to draw the mob boss out of hiding, then storm his ship. At this point you've probably been on the planet for quite a while and have every reason to believe that you're almost done when you finally get that initial summons.

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* KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2 ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' does this. On one planet, you're trying to deal with the local mob. When you return to your ship, you're asked to meet the local boss of the mob. On your way, you get accosted by a woman who drugs you, takes your place then she gets captures so you have to rescue her, then you get captured so your party has to rescue you, but first they have to gather the items you need to draw the mob boss out of hiding, then storm his ship. At this point you've probably been on the planet for quite a while and have every reason to believe that you're almost done when you finally get that initial summons.
19th Mar '15 10:15:46 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' follows this trope exactly. The first one-third to half is pretty interesting, and then the ArcFatigue kicks in and [[ChrisCarterEffect things go unresolved for a long while]], after which they're [[CosmicDeadline tied up in a hurry in the finale]]. Unfortunately, this happens to be a SignatureStyle of the main writer, ToshikiInoue. A similar condition returns in ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'', also by Inoue, only with less favorable results.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' follows this trope exactly. The first one-third to half is pretty interesting, and then the ArcFatigue kicks in and [[ChrisCarterEffect things go unresolved for a long while]], after which they're [[CosmicDeadline tied up in a hurry in the finale]]. Unfortunately, this happens to be a SignatureStyle of the main writer, ToshikiInoue.Creator/ToshikiInoue. A similar condition returns in ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'', also by Inoue, only with less favorable results.
11th Jan '15 6:09:50 PM Javertshark13
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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).

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* This is a major problem in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{LOST}}.'' Season 1 has the mystery of how to get into the hatch, and what's inside it. Season 2 has two overarching plotlines: entering the code in the Swan station and [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping.]] All three of these plotlines suffered from the writers clearly wanting to resolve them at the end of the respective seasons, resulting in a lot of filler episodes being thrown in. [[Walt's [[spoiler: Walt's kidnapping]] may be the worst offender, since we get absolutely ''nothing'' on it for eight solid episodes, only for it to come back suddenly and blow up toward the end of the season (in a very controversial way).
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